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Hainstock’s conviction upheld again

Eric Hainstock

Appeals court: Hainstock conviction stands:

In 2006 a then 15-year-old Eric Hainstock shot and killed John Klang in the halls of Weston Schools where Klang was the principal. The usual excuses were given, he was bullied, he had a hard home life, etc. Hainstock has become a favorite of the peal-twisters since he was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Hainstock had previously tried to get a new trial saying his counsel was ineffective but that appeal was denied.

Last week The Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Hainstock’s conviction once again denying him a new trial. This time it was argued that his confession should have been ruled inadmissible which the court agreed with. However the court also ruled that witness testimony would have been more than enough to convict Hainstock and send him to prison for life.

Now before everyone gets all weepy eyed over this punk spending his life in prison John Klang actually tried to help Hainstock with not only the alleged bullying but also with Hainstock’s home life. However he suspended Hainstock for being caught with cigarettes which was his job and Hainstock fires a number of bullets into him at almost point-blank range.

That’s not someone I want in my society.

Hainstock’s lawyer says he will appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court but I have to say what I always say in these cases.

John Klang doesn’t have the luxury of appealing his unwarranted death sentence.

Hainstock tries for new trial again

Hainstock seeking new trial for murder:

Eric Hainstock was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Weston schools principal John Klang. Hainstock was 15 when he killed Principal Klang. He’s been one of those that the kid criminal crowd have touted that he was too young to be sentenced to adult prison. They say he was bullied (boo-hoo) and abused at home. Still no reason to kill a man with a family.

Anyway Hainstock tried to appeal for a new trial before and was denied and then he said he would represent himself. Apparently he’s had a change of heart with representing himself because not only does he have a new attorney but he’s appealing for a new trial once again.

His lawyer is saying that Hainstock was too mentally ill to know how to waive his Miranda rights and that he received improper counsel since his lawyer did not try to have the trial relocated.

He did have the mental capacity of course to take two guns to school and still commit murder when one of his guns were taken away.

John Klang still can’t appeal his unwarranted death sentence.

Hainstock sentenced

Hainstock Sentenced To Life In Prison But With Parole Possibilities:

Eric Hainstock has been sentenced to life behind bars with the possibility of parole in 30 years for the shooting death of Weston Schools principal John Klang.

Judge Patrick Taggart said that he considered Hainstock’s age and background before sentencing. He said that he believes the teen can be rehabilitated, WISC-TV reported.

Defense attorneys had requested parole eligibility after 20 years while the state had requested 49 years with the date of eligibility being Sept.29, 2056 — or 50 years after the shooting at Weston Schools, WISC-TV reported.

The jurors who convicted Hainstock said that they focused on the guns and ammunition that he brought to school and the number of shots fired in determining his intent to murder.

Juror Brian Ludolph, of Prairie du Sac, said on Friday the fact numerous shots were fired by Hainstock convinced them the student intended to kill Klang. Ludolph said that Hainstock bringing the guns and ammunition to school also played into their finding of intent.

Juror Diana Mielke, of North Freedom, said that the jury was initially split on whether Hainstock intended to kill Klang.

Mielke said that she was initially among the six who thought Hainstock didn’t have intent to kill, but changed her mind after recalling Hainstock’s lack of emotion during the trial.

Thankfully there was a jury with common sense who recognized Hainstock’s intent and weren’t fooled by his lies.

Justice has been served.

While you’re at WISC’s website take the poll and let them know how you feel about the verdict and sentence. You can probably guess how I voted.

Hainstock guilty

Wisconsin Teen Guilty in Principal’s Death:

Not only was Eric Hainstock found guilty in the shooting death of principal John Klang he was also convicted on the first-degree intentional homicide charge. He’s looking at life in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow.

Breaking out the violin for Hainstock

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Wis. teen who shot principal testifies he was bullied at school:

Here we go. Now we get to see how rough poor widdle Eric Hainstock had it.

On the morning of the shooting, Hainstock testified, he awoke feeling tired of being picked on at school and said to himself, “I have to get all of this to stop.”

At school, he was stuffed into lockers, had his head dunked into toilets and was called a “fag” by his classmates, he said. As a result of the bullying, he attempted suicide three times.

His classmates’ comments “cut a little deeper,” he said, because at the age of 6, he was sexually molested by his 12-year-old stepbrother. He kept the alleged assaults a secret, he said.

Hainstock’s father, Shawn Hainstock, cried as his son testified.

Wait a minute. I thought his father was an abusive ogre who didn’t care about his son.

When he came home from school, Hainstock said, his parents forced him to do most of the housework. When he failed to do so, he was disciplined.

Hainstock testified that his father often kicked him and also used a wooden board called “the board of education” to spank him.

He said his father also refused to provide him with medication to help curb his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Yeah, like that. If they were as poor as everyone is making them out to be they more than likely would have been eligible for government assistance where the medication would have cost them next to nothing. Not to mention the fact that ADD and ADHD is probably the most mis-diagnosed and over-diagnosed condition of the modern medical age in my opinion. And which one is it that makes the kids go crazy? Is it being on meds or not being on meds. I forget since I’ve seen both used as criminal defenses.

After loading his father’s 20-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber revolver, he drove to school, hoping he could force Klang to listen to his problems, he said.

Again, no reason to load the guns if his intent was to scare, which it wasn’t. Not only that but what made him think that taking two guns to school to threaten people with wasn’t going to land him in jail. Did he think that miraculously all his problems would disappear and there would be no repercussions to his actions? What a dumbass.

When he entered the school, he screamed, “Everyone get in the office. I’m not f—ing kidding!”

He said he didn’t get flustered when the school’s maintenance man, David Thompson, was able to grab the shotgun out of his hand. Hainstock said he reacted by pulling the handgun out of his pants.

That sounds strangely like the characteristics of a cold-blooded killer to me. He’s lucky that Mr. Thompson didn’t blow him away right then and there.

When Klang turned the corner, Hainstock testified, he pointed the gun at him and said, “I ain’t going to do nothing … let’s go to the office, I want to talk.”

Hainstock said Klang agreed to talk to him in his office, but as they walked there, Klang grabbed him and the gun went off accidentally.

“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” Hainstock testified.

He said he then aimed the gun at Klang’s arm and fired “so he would let go of him.”

After an accidental third shot fired, Hainstock said he was in shock.

“I didn’t think Mr. Klang was going to die … I hoped not,” Hainstock said. “I didn’t plan to hurt nobody.”

“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” How in the hell would he have to be holding the gun for that to possibly happen?

Closing arguments are scheduled for today.

Defense testimony in Hainstock trial

Defense rests in Hainstock trial:

First let’s hear from Hainstock’s grandmother…

The last witness to testify was Hainstock?s grandmother, Irene Hainstock, who said Eric called her from jail after his arrest.

“What have you done,” she recalled asking her grandson. “I don’t know, grandma. Something snapped in my head,” was the response.

Some more students…

Other defense witnesses included five students at Weston who saw Eric enter the school with a shotgun and saw it taken away from him. None remembered hearing him say, “I’m here to (expletive) kill somebody,” as one witness recalled.

On cross-examination, however, most said they weren’t sure they could hear everything that was being said that day.

Now let’s hear from Hainstock himself…

In his own testimony, Hainstock said he brought the shotgun and pistol to the school to make people listen to him and did not intend to kill Klang.

Hainstock said he needed the weapons — a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber revolver — “because they would be scared,” he said, referring to people at the school. “If they were scared they’d listen, hopefully.”

Hainstock, 16, testified unemotionally as the first witness in the defense case after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday morning.

Mounting frustration with his home life and with persistent taunting at school led him to the desperate action, he said, which he said was not intended to hurt anyone.

But after Klang grabbed him from behind at the school, Hainstock testified, the gun went off.

“It was accidental,” he said. He heard a grunt from Klang, he said, who continued to hold him. Hainstock said a second shot, which struck Klang on the side of the head but did not penetrate his skull, was intended for Klang’s arm, to get Klang to let go of him.

Hainstock said he underestimated the lethal power of the .22.

“I didn’t think it would hurt nobody that bad because it was so little,” he said.

I don’t buy any of it. According to this article when asked by his attorney why Hainstock loaded the weapons he said it was “just a reaction.” Loading two separate weapons is not a reaction. That’s intent. And what did he think the .22 would do? Just bounce off people? And what if the shotgun was not taken from him. Did he think that a shotgun “wouldn’t hurt nobody?”

Anything less than a conviction of first degree murder is a travesty of justice.

Hainstock’s videotaped statement

Wis. Teen Told Police He ‘Freaked Out’:

The videotaped statement that Eric Hainstock gave to investigators was shown to the jury yesterday.

The video, filmed just hours after the Sept. 29 shooting, shows Hainstock slouched in a Sauk County Sheriff’s Department interview room with Klang’s blood on his clothes. He tells detectives that he complained to Klang for three years about kids teasing him and calling him a “fag,” but that Klang did nothing to stop them.

That morning after his parents left their home, he says in the video, he “was still ticked off” at various students and the principal.

According to the criminal complaint, Hainstock, then a 15-year-old freshman, went to school outside Cazenovia, about 65 miles northwest of Madison, with a shotgun and a revolver.

A janitor tore the shotgun away, and Hainstock pulled out the revolver, cocked it and got ready to fire, he tells detectives in the video.

Hainstock was well-trained in firearms. You don’t cock the hammer on a gun unless you have full intentions of using it.

He says Klang came toward him and asked him, ‘What’s going on?’”

“I’m like, ‘I’m sick of you guys,’” he says in the interview.

He ordered Klang into an office, and as they turned to walk there, Klang jumped him, Hainstock says. He stuck his pistol under Klang’s left armpit and fired three times, he says. Klang later died.

“I just freaked out,” Hainstock says.

Yet multiple witnesses have testified that they heard Hainstock say he was there to kill someone. To me cocking the gun definitely shows intent. If he wanted to scare someone he could have just pointed an empty gun at them. But no Hainstock went in there with two different loaded weapons with multiple rounds available for reloading. He was planning on a massacre. He didn’t freak out. He probably realized that when John Klang went for his gun that it was probably the only chance he was going to get for revenge. John Klang probably saved a lot of lives that fateful day.

More testimony against Hainstock

Student: ‘We don’t need a Columbine here’:

From special needs teacher James Nowak who had a metal stapler thrown at him by Hainstock.

During testimony Monday afternoon in a Baraboo courtroom, teacher James Nowak recounted his own rising sense of tension with Hainstock, beginning with an incident on Sept, 14. That day, he said, Hainstock threw a metal stapler at him, narrowly missing his head and chipping the wall. When he returned to the classroom with Klang and Buildings and Grounds Director Phillip Rachuj, they found Hainstock holding a chair.

“He had a chair above his head and he looked like he was going to swing it at us,” said Nowak.

Rachuj was able to take the chair from Hainstock, and he was suspended from school for three days.

Apparently someone fashions himself as Stone Cold Steve Austin. Well, Trench 3:16 says your ass is going to prison.

From Angela Young, guidance counselor at Weston Schools…

She said Hainstock was a boy who sought attention, enjoyed playing the victim and often placed blame for his actions on others. Young said he was often teased by other students, but he picked on them in return.

Young testified that she was in the hall when Hainstock walked into the school but said she could not see him because of the decorations. She testified she heard Hainstock say “I’m going to (expletive) kill somebody.”

You can’t play the bullying card when you’re a bully yourself. Then again this whole incident was never about bullying. It’s about a selfish and self-absorbed punk kid who wanted to exact his revenge on a man who cared enough to actually discipline Hainstock.

Students testify against Hainstock

Students Say Hainstock Also Picked On Others:

Today students from Weston High School testified about the bullying allegations in the trial of Eric Hainstock.

17-year-old Samuel Brandt testified that he saw Hainstock get in pushing and shoving matches with other kids in the halls, that he often tormented younger students and tried to pick on older kids, who in turn picked on him.

18-year-old Kimberly Durst says others may have dished it out to Hainstock, but “he dished out right back.”

So basically he was a belligerent punk.

Another student testified on Saturday that Hainstock was asking about Columbine the day before the shooting.

Caitlyn Goldben, a freshman at Weston Schools last year, testified Saturday that Hainstock joined a conversation she had with a friend about a report on Columbine on Sept. 28. Hainstock is accused of murdering Principal John Klang the next morning.

Goldben said Hainstock asked what Columbine was. After he was told that students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 23 others at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999, he replied, “Oh.”

Goldben said she was friends with Hainstock. Twice he asked her to homecoming, but she turned him down both times.

It was she who told Klang that Hainstock had the tobacco, she testified. During gym class on the day before the shooting, Hainstock approached her and pointed his finger at her like a gun, accusing her of snitching on him, she testified.

She said she feared him so she denied telling Klang. He then began complaining about Nowak again.

“He said he would throw a stapler at him again or shove marijuana down his throat,” she said.

Then he got into the Columbine discussion, she said.

“Eric said, Oh.’ Then he got quiet for a little bit and started talking about Mr. Nowak again,” Goldben said.

Goldben said she told teachers about the conversation, but the district attorney didn’t press her for details.

One of Hainstock’s attorneys, Jon Helland, tried to defuse the testimony by asking Goldben if Hainstock had said Klebold and Harris were “stupid.” Goldben said Hainstock said no such thing.

So he became an insta-mutant. Just add firearms.

Hainstock said he’d kill

Witness: Armed Wis. Teen Said He’d Kill:

Two members of the staff of Weston Schools testified that Eric Hainstock declared his intention to kill before shooting Principal John Klang.

Custodian Dave Thompson testified he was talking with assistant football coach and social studies teacher Chuck Keller before school when they saw Hainstock walking across the parking lot with a shotgun raised.

Thompson said the teacher asked the 15-year-old freshman what he was doing with a gun in school and Hainstock replied, ‘”I’m here to (expletive) kill somebody.” ‘ He then pointed the gun barrel to within inches of Keller’s face.

Thompson ripped the gun away from him, telling him, “No, not in my school,” he recalled. Hainstock then reached into his pocket, Thompson said.

Fearing the boy had another gun, Thompson ran outside with the shotgun, telling Keller to run.

After Thompson had taken the shotgun, Keller said that he tried to corner Hainstock in the entryway, but that the boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a .22 revolver.

Notice that Hainstock didn’t say that he was there to (expletive) scare someone.

Keller also testified about the character of Hainstock…

Keller testified he had Hainstock in class a year earlier. The boy was disruptive, touching other students and heckling him during his lectures, Keller said.

Hainstock was equal parts victim and instigator, he said, but the shenanigans didn’t seem serious.

If the kid was a loudmouth and an attention seeker he probably brought any alleged bullying on himself. But again none of his alleged abusers were his target, only John Klang was.